FPdGi Awards

Estrella and Soleá Morente thrill those attending the 2018 FPdGi Awards ceremony

Poetry infused the musical performances, with the collaboration of the Extremadura Youth Orchestra. 


Music was one of the underlying themes of the 2018 FPdGi Awards ceremony. This year, the Extremadura Youth Orchestra was invited to open the gala event with a repertoire that began with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein and Eduardo Ortega based on music from West Side Story, a cinema classic from the 1960s. The orchestra was conducted by Andrés Salado, 2016 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award winner.

The orchestra accompanied Soleá Morente, adding music to the poem Palabras para Julia, a poem that José Agustín Goytisolo dedicated to his daughter; a moving piece that took on even greater power with the talent and voice of Soleá Morente and was received with a standing ovation from the audience.

The second piece was Le di caza al alcance, based on a verse from the poem Tras un amoroso lance by San Juan de la Cruz and performed by Estrella Morente. Morente had felt that this poem was perfectly suited to the music of Requiem by Michael Nyman, composer of the soundtrack of The Pianist, among others. The result, which Morente had made as a personal recording, was sent to the composer by the singer’s father and husband​, without her knowledge​. On hearing it, Nyman was filled with emotion and declared that his work had been “incomplete” until Morente added her voice to this poem by San Juan de la Cruz, which she performed this afternoon at Mas Marroch.

Estrella and Soleá Morente closed the ceremony ​​with a duet of the song La estrella, ​composed by their father, Enrique Morente. A song “filled with light” and which they chose as a tribute to their father. The singers’ performance was accompanied by their uncle, the guitarist Montoyita. 

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